Cost of Living in Ad Dammam

Summary about cost of living in Ad Dammam:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 21.00 ﷼ 15.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 ﷼ 70.00-125.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20.00 ﷼ 18.00-22.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 ﷼ 3.00-4.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.50 ﷼ 3.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.88 ﷼ 8.00-15.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.25 ﷼ 2.00-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.92 ﷼ 0.50-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 16.31 ﷼ 15.14-22.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.32 ﷼ 0.91-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.33 ﷼ 2.27-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.78 ﷼ 5.00-12.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 13.06 ﷼ 9.07-16.78
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 11.00 ﷼ 6.80-17.24
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 17.64 ﷼ 13.61-20.87
Apples (1 lb) 3.33 ﷼ 2.72-4.08
Banana (1 lb) 2.31 ﷼ 2.04-3.18
Oranges (1 lb) 2.72 ﷼ 1.81-3.63
Tomato (1 lb) 2.27 ﷼ 1.81-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.59 ﷼ 1.13-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.26 ﷼ 0.91-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 4.67 ﷼ 4.00-6.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 ﷼ 2.00-2.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 21.00 ﷼
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.00 ﷼ 3.00-5.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.67 ﷼ 3.00-4.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 24.00 ﷼ 12.00-24.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ﷼ 2.00-10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 ﷼ 0.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 ﷼ 8.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 ﷼ 16.09-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 ﷼ 20.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.36 ﷼ 2.84-6.47
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 75,000.00 ﷼ 65,000.00-80,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 60,363.64 ﷼ 50,000.00-66,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 254.55 ﷼ 100.00-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.39 ﷼ 0.25-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 219.82 ﷼ 120.00-340.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 358.33 ﷼ 200.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 65.00 ﷼ 50.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 45.00 ﷼ 40.00-50.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,560.42 ﷼ 1,000.00-2,375.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 29,714.29 ﷼ 15,000.00-55,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 182.50 ﷼ 120.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 169.17 ﷼ 99.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 311.67 ﷼ 250.00-450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 320.21 ﷼ 225.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,432.00 ﷼ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,010.71 ﷼ 800.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,332.27 ﷼ 1,800.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,910.00 ﷼ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 449.03 ﷼ 278.71-603.86
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 343.74 ﷼ 185.80-510.96
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,047.06 ﷼
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.42 3.00-6.00

Prices in Ad Dammam

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Last update: February 2018
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10 Comments so far

#RIYAZ DIWAN on Aug 23, 2017 :
Hi. I got an offer in Dammam for 2500 SAR + 625 HRA + 250 = 3375 SAR. I have to arrange accommodation. So some one tell me how much is the rent for 1 BR + Kitchen in Dammam.
#Ray on Apr 02, 2016 :

I got a job in KSA with free accommodation, transportation & fooding with in hand salary of 3500 SAR. If company cannot provide fooding then they will provide additional 500 SAR. Please tell me is it adequate for living out there?


i got a job in Saudi Arabia.Company provided me benefits-Accomodation-1250SR and Transportation-1000SR.So if i could arrange for me accomodation on sharing basis, then how much should I save?
#Eunice on Sep 23, 2014 :
I came at Dammam last being posted to work as house girl,so since i came i was given a scalp to cover my head, the place is soo hot and its like a must i wear it throught the life am wondering will i finish my contract of two years covering my head when am at the house,its like a punishment
#Anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 :
I want to know about the culture and society.. is it conservative .. do my wife being non muslim need to covered while in the markets.??
#Ryan on Aug 27, 2014 :
It's hard to know what to put for some of these. Like... what's your definition of "inexpensive"... you can get kushry for 5 riyals, felafel for 2 or 3, shewarma for 6, a big plate of kabsa for 10-14, or go to Shawaya House and get a quarter chicken breast and giant helping of rice and macaroni for 7. But a lot of expats who are likely the people responding here do not go to those places. On the other hand.. a 3 course meal for 2 at a "mid range" restaurant which I would think of as an Applebee's or similar chain and the high price is 145?? Impossible. Unless maybe you are just ordering salads and water and share dessert and appetizers. 200 is more realistic. Price of bread is only 1 SR, and a lot of the other market goods are overpriced, not sure where you guys are shopping. And as someone pointed out a Coke in a restaurant will be 3-8 SR while outside it will be 1.5 or 2. Water is a similar story.

There are no movie theaters in Saudi Arabia and no place to buy beer or wine that is legal. Not sure why people are even putting in numbers for those things, especially the cinema. And the clothes prices are so high. Clothes here are dirt cheap. You guys are getting ripped off somewhere. Some of the smaller markets you can easily get a dress for 30-50 riyals. Shoes for 50-60. I put in those prices but they were marked for review I guess because they are so much lower than the average. You all must be shopping at some designer stores at the most expensive malls if you are paying $75 for a pair of jeans.
#Kishmech on Apr 28, 2014 :
What will be the cost of living for me,my wife &3yr old kid.. With a decent 2 bedroom apt, 4W drive car?
#Mika on Mar 28, 2014 :
I've been living there for a while and I must say that these numbers are not irrelevant at all, but what's far more important than numbers themselves is under what kind of professional agreement are you there. Usually, a foreign professional holding a medium to higher position in an average company's hierarchy would have almost everything covered by the company, this includes accommodation+fees, transportation (most likely will have a driver and a car assigned, or a car will be given - note that public transportation doesn't exist, however taxis are cheap as indicated), all bureaucratic stuff will also be taken care of and some amount for daily spending is also a possibility. That being said, there aren't many costs that may significantly impact your savings. I even had some excursions to Manama in nearby Bahrain covered, all with meals and karting circuit, on behalf of the company. To cut the story short, it's a place where employers can be and generally are quite generous to those who do their thing properly. By no means you are on your own when it comes to basic expenses and they shouldn't affect your salary, all of which should normally be precised in a contract. It all pretty much comes down to professionalism and respect.
On the other hand, if you are going for some lower level position, like doing some physical labor, I personally would advise you to double-check everything before going.
As for safety, I found Dammam to be a safe place, and I went on regular lenghty walks , which is pretty unusual over there, both during daytime and at night, clearly looking like a foreigner and had no problems ever and never felt a concern.
#Ahmad 1988 on Feb 03, 2014 :
Note that alcohol beverages is totally prohibited by the law.
And movie theaters are not yet allowed to operate in Saudi Arabia.
#Ahmad1988 on Feb 03, 2014 :
@bee it depends on the restaurant, but the regular price in any grocery/convenient store is fixed to Pepsi:1.5SAR, water small(500ml):1SAR.
@Kapil: in a really cheap cafeteria:3SAR, traditional food:9-25SAR.
@Satheesh 1-2 bedroom apartment